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Focusing on Mobile Device Security during 2013 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Mobile Security

Mobile devices are becoming an essential part of the Carnegie Mellon community's daily interaction with the internet. Smart phones, tablets and laptops are all mobile computers that offer many useful functions, such as access to information on the go, the ability to record and store information, send messages, take photographs, collaborate on tasks and use a number of productivity applications.

In observance of 2013 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Information Security Office (ISO) held a Mobile Device Security event on October 3rd, 2013 at the UC Rangos from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the event, mobile carriers, vendors, researchers, the ISO and other University entities exhibited their mobile devices and demonstrated security and privacy configurations, answered questions, provided training material, discussed research reports, and share security solutions.

Mobile Device Security Event

A Mobile Security event was held on October 3rd, 2013, at the University Center Rangos Ballroom, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Apple, Dell and mobile carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon had been invited to demonstrate the security and privacy features available for the mobile devices they carry. A list of participating entities and activities is available at Mobile Device Security Exhibit Hall Participating Entities

A second event on October 3rd, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University Center Connan Room was an ISO-lead presentation, with discussions intended primarily for administrative and technical staff, on topics like the legal issues related to bringing your own device (BYOD), CMU's mobile device security guidelines, and other support challenges. Along with the ISO, Symantec, Dell and CMU researchers had been invited to present. For a list of presentations, visit Mobile Device Security Presentations for IT Professionals.

Refreshments were available and attendees scaned their university ID cards for a chance to win prizes like a Chromebook, HTC One Smartphone, a Wahoo Fitness strap and more.

Mobile Device Privacy

Mobile devices are small computers with capabilities that allow users to stay connected at all times.  As a user, you may not be aware that your mobile device is insecure.   Symantec's 2013 Internet Security Threat Report  highlighted a 59 percent increase in mobile malware attacks during 2012 compared to 2011.  Prof. Norman Sadeh's 2010 presentation on Mobile Device Privacy provides you with information on how to protect your sensitive data and privacy while enjoying the use of your favorite mobile device.

To learn more, view the Mobile Device Privacy video at

EDUCAUSE Video Contest

EDUCAUSE 2013 Video Contest Winners 

EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, recently released the 2013 Information Security Awareness video and poster contest winners on YouTube.  View the winning contest videos from 2006 - 2013 at

EDUCAUSE Webinar "8 Mobile Device Security Steps"

EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar on "8 Mobile Device Security Steps"

EDUCAUSE Live! is a series of free, hour-long interactive webinars on critical information technology topics in higher education. In observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, EDUCAUSE offered a free Webinar on October 1st, 2013 by SANS instructor Larry Pesce on 8 Mobile Device Security Steps at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET. Registration was open to all university faculty, staff and students.

More information is available at EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar.